What is Reflexology &
What Role Can It Play in Medical Preparedness?
When most people think of “medical preparedness”, they think of first aid kits and medic skills. No doubt, dealing with injuries effectively is an important facet of medical preparedness. But those who take preparedness seriously, including many of my readers, know they better be prepared to handle much more than cuts, scrapes, and burns!
For two and a half years I’ve had the pleasure of sharing how to use therapeutic-grade essential oils to help not only with injuries, but also for chronic illness. As I’ve shared in previous posts, the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse is projected to be lack of access to medicines. Right now Greece is experiencing a full-out implosion of their healthcare system, with drug scarcity a major problem affecting millions.
Overwhelmed healthcare professionals scramble to see up to 40 patients per day, but severely limited supplies of drugs and supplies curtail their ability to treat disease. Suicide rates in Greece were up 40% in the first half of 2010 alone as more people are left to cope with health problems on an increasingly shrinking budget, and with disappearing societal resources.
If it’s that bad in Greece, can you imagine what would happen if in America, people were suddenly unable to get their medications for heart problems, diabetes, depression and anxiety, and more?
During the 6-year period in which I was partially-disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I started really searching for answers for my health. The drugs and surgery of Western Medicine had nothing to offer me, and so I turned to the holistic realm of lifestyle, supplements, and healing modalities for answers. One of the gems I came across was reflexology. I fell in love with this simple, practical modality after seeing profound results with it personally, and seeing it help hundreds of others.
My Experience With Reflexology
My first experience with reflexology was with my massage therapist back in Tallahassee, FL who began implementing it in her massages, much to my delight! Theresa referred me to Laurie, a certified reflexologist, who was visiting in town and that first full 1-hour reflexology changed my life.
Reflexology is the principle that there are areas on the feet (and hands) that correspond with every organ, system, and part of the body and that by working those areas, you can bring greater balance to the body. Reflexology is extremely relaxing (though sometimes certain areas can be tender, just as in a massage), and it’s kind of like getting a full-body massage that includes all your organs!
I first got started actually doing reflexology by getting some books and experimenting with what I found, using myself as a guinea pig. One time in particular I gave special attention to my liver reflex, a large area on the bottom of the right foot below the ball of the foot. The area was very sore, and much to my surprise, after working this area for a couple of minutes I started feeling tingling in my liver!
One of the first times I ever worked on anybody, I worked on my dad who was experiencing an extremely stiff neck and couldn’t turn his head much. I worked his neck reflex and a few other things including his spine, and within 20 minutes or so he had more mobility in his neck than he’d had in 7 years!
As a result of these and other experiences with reflexology, I became a practicing reflexologist and have been seeing clients since 2007. I have found that especially when used in conjunction with essential oils, reflexology is highly effective against routine health problems such as headaches, digestive issues, pain, and more. Used consistently over the long-run along with lifestyle changes, reflexology has an enormous potential to help people deal effectively with chronic illness — even for such conditions as depression, heart disease, and diabetes!
I have been able to help people with a wide variety of health concerns, including severe headaches, sciatica, nausea, diarrhea, Bell’s palsy, prostate problems, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, shoulder and knee injury, anxiety, plantar fasciitis, infertility, carpal tunnel syndrome, sinusitis, flu, back pain, kidney stones, stress, fatigue, and much more.
If you were in a situation where you were unable to rely on doctors and hospitals, would you want to in a position to similarly help yourself and family members?
Please comment below and let me know if you would like me to provide you with more information on using reflexology for various health conditions! And in the meantime, two reflexology books I recommend are Stories the Feet Can Tell Thru Reflexology and Better Health with Foot Reflexology!
Stay Tuned for Parts 2-4 of this series on skills for medical preparedness where I will cover basic acupressure, pranic healing, and EFT!’
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Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.
Statements made about the essential oils that come in the Essential Oil Survival Kit and and other products offered by Essential Survival have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.
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